2015 InducteesUpdated Sunday January 10, 2016 by Admin.
Corey Greenwood – Inducted in 2015, Player Category
Former Grenadier Cory Greenwood, is a CFL linebacker who currently plays for the Toronto Argonauts. During the course of his career, he has played as a middle linebacker and long snapper. Cory was born in Kingston and attended Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School where he proudly wore the garnet and gold.
He joined the Limestone Grenadiers Pioneer team in 2005 where he was named as an OVFL defensive MVP and his on field accomplishments caught the eye of Concordia University where he played for the Stingers from 2006-2009. His senior year, he was the recipient of the Presidents' Trophy for best defensive player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport football.
After his collegial career, he was drafted third overall by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in the 2010 CFL Draft. A few days later, however, he signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, making him the first Kingstonian to make it on an NFL roster. His next stop was the Detroit Lions.
Cory is the first and only Grenadier to play at the NFL level. His birth date of June 5th made him just eligible for the Grenadiers Senior program at the time. In fact, he showed up for equipment fitting on the last night of sign ups with no paperwork. The Senior Varsity governor at the time liked the cut of his jib and issued equipment nonetheless. That decision had a far reaching consequence.
Cory’s plan at the time was to play one more year of football and then begin an electrician’s apprenticeship after his Grenadiers season. Cory is an example of how football can change your life. Cory’s reputation for dedication to training, his perseverance to reach his goals and his commitment to football has taken him to the pinnacle of football. For his incredible journey and accomplishments Cory is a well-deserved candidate as a Grenadier’s Hall of Fame inductee in the player category.
Tim Cronk – Inducted in 2015, Player Category
Tim is a born and raised Kingstonian, He has been playing football since the age of 12 and lists his father Bob as his biggest fan. As a teenager, he attended and played football for the Holy Cross Crusaders in Kingston and played on the 2004 Limestone Grenadiers Junior Varsity Provincial Champions in 2004 and was a member of the Grenadiers 2005 Senior Varsity Pioneer team. Tim was also a member of Team Canada at the 2005 NFL Global Junior Championship.
These days, Tim serves as a fullback/long snapper for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He was first signed by the BC Lions in 2011 after going undrafted in the 2009 CFL Draft and finishing his college eligibility in 2010. Prior to heading to the pro ranks, Tim appeared in 44 games over five seasons at Bishop’s University, recording 220 rushing yards on 47 carries and 205 more through the air on 19 receptions. In between football practices and games, he majored in Sociology with a double-minor in Health Studies and Criminology. In the words of Tim’s Grenadier’s head coach Nick Corneil who said of Tim in 2005 “He is probably the number one high school fullback in the country”.
Tim’s accomplishments are not restricted to just the football field, he was both an Ontario scholar and excelled at Bishops in his chosen program. It is Tim success, dedication to the sport which make him a true Grenadiers success story; and for that success he is the one the first Gmen to be inducted into the Grenadiers Hall of Fame in the player category.
Ken Dearborn – Inducted in 2015, Coaches Category
Ken Dearborn, while attending McMaster University where he obtained a bachelors in Art and a Bachelor in Physical Education, a then 21 yr old Ken played as a guard in the inaugural 1967 Vanier Cup where they suffered a 10-9 defeat to the University of Alberta.
Over a 30 year career in education Ken coached football and track at Martingrove Collegiate and Sydenham High School. Retired since 1998, he is still active as a secondary school starter at both local and provincial track meets.
Highly respected for his offensive expertise and playbook strategies, the Grenadiers Football Club brought Ken on board in 2008 in the role of Offensive Coordinator. Ken then went on to become Head Coach and instituted the concept of “program” football where all three levels of Grenadiers teams used similar and complimentary graduated systems.
Ken leadership and steady guiding hand have united coaching staff and he provided mentorship to former players at the outset of their coaching careers. Coach Dearborn’s contribution to the Grenadiers organization is palpable in the number of young men he has directed to successful post-secondary football.
He continues to work on the margins of the organization and while he is no longer actively engaged his affection for the program he helped build is never far from his thoughts. For his tireless service and dedication to Grenadiers football the Grenadiers Family is unanimous in inducting Ken Dearborn into the Hall of Fame in the Coaches category.
Bob Mullen– Inducted in 2015, Coaches Category
A native of Peterborough, ON, Coach Mullen has called Kingston home since he played as a quarterback and defensive back at Queen’s University where he was a member of their 1978 Vanier Cup championship team. He went on to coach with the Queen’s Gaels for 12 seasons from 1988-2000. As their defensive coordinator, Bob was a part of four conference titles, two national semi-final appearances, and he led a defense that recorded the only shutout victory in Vanier Cup history in 1992 with a 31-0 win over Saint Mary’s.
Coach Mullen served as the defensive coordinator of the Grenadiers for five years. He had the first ranked scoring defense in the OVFL varsity division in 2012, and in 2011 he was named the OVFL coach of the year. Bob also had head coaching duties at the Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute N from 2004-08 when he helped resuscitate the football program.
In 1993, Mullen won the national Gino Fracas award as the outstanding volunteer assistant coach in the CIS. He was inducted into the Queen’s University coaches hall of fame in 2003, and in 2012 was inducted Queen’s University football hall of fame as a builder.
Mullen is the current Defensive Coordinator/DB Coach at St-FX, and could not be here with us tonight, he is leading his team and many Grenadier Alumni’s in the Uteck Bowl against UBC. Coach Mullen has over the years, devoted so much time and effort into not only making men out of football players, but to ensuring that our programs have the success they haves today.
John Lyons – Inducted in 2015, Builders Category
John Lyons is a retired RCMP Officer and former member of the Ministry of Health’s anti-fraud squad who in 2002-2003 along with Mike Bell and Kirby Rowe made application to Trillium Grant Program to get seed funding to start a junior varsity tackle football franchise to represent the Limestone District, encompassing the cities and areas surrounding Brockville, Kingston and Belleville on the OVFL.
John was instrumental in establishing Kingston’s first representative tackle football franchise in the OVFL and spent years recruiting exceptional players, building relationships with High school football programs, school boards and sponsors. John’s efforts and groundwork laid the foundation of the Limestone Grenadiers Football Club. It cannot be under-stated that without John Lyons Grens would not exist.
John’s keen eye for talent both on and off the field, lead to the 2004 JV Grenadiers winning an OVFL Provincial Championship. His tireless promotion of football has elevated Kingston and District football to an elite level and provided a gateway for many young athletes to follow their dreams in the sport.
It goes without saying that John Lyons is the founding father of representative football in our area. He was the founder, first president and writer of our constitution. His dedication and commitment to our organization makes him the logical candidate for the Grenadiers Hall of Fame induction in the “Builder’s” category.
Peter Wilkie – Inducted in 2015, Builders Category
For as long as any of us can remember, you couldn’t say Grenadiers without mentioning Peter Wilkie in the same sentence.
He always has been an active volunteer in amateur sports since his children were old enough to participate. Coaching, fundraising and volunteering soon became a passion and it wasn’t long before he found himself taking on positions on various committees and boards, continuing long after his children were no longer involved.
As a coach, Peter was involved with Burlington Central High School and Regina Minor Football. As an administrator, he held the positions of Director and President of Burlington Minor Football. In 2006, he became officially known as the man behind the Grens: Governor, Equipment Manager, Recruiter, Fundraising, Executive Director... no task was too big or small for Peter, and he did it all. Among his many achievements, he is also a Tackle Football official with KFAO.
Peter has been instrumental in developing our Concussion Management Protocol and Policy to ensure the safety of our players. This policy is now being implemented in many OVFL team across the province. It is his knowledge of football, his business background and his years of commitment to the Grenadiers that helped establish the foundation on which the Club was built and continued to grow –at times I think he made very good use of his degree in Psychology!